Best of Web \\ Brooke Shade

This photograph, taken by Martin Rietze, is of lava flow in Kilauea. I find this image fascinating because it’s easy to see the effects of the lava’s high viscosity combined with the rapid convective cooling due to the surrounding environment. Subsequently, we can see the ripples and wrinkles of the flow as it rapidly cools. Furthermore, the color gradient from bright orange to slate gray is not only beautiful, but also displays the physical energy contained in very hot materials and the release of photons due to this energy. The gorgeous gradient from vibrant orange to poignant black is not only visually stunning, but also seems to concisely articulate the complex fluid dynamics, quantum physics, and material properties of lava.

Best of Web \\ Brooke Shade

Lava flow, photographed by Martin Rietze, 2016 ( http://mrietze.com/ )

This photograph, taken by Martin Rietze, is of lava flow in Kilauea. I find this image fascinating because it’s easy to see the effects of the lava’s high viscosity combined with the rapid convective cooling due to the surrounding environment. Subsequently, we can see the ripples and wrinkles of the flow as it rapidly cools. Furthermore, the color gradient from bright orange to slate gray is not only beautiful, but also displays the physical energy contained in very hot materials and the release of photons due to this energy. The gorgeous gradient from vibrant orange to poignant black is not only visually stunning, but also seems to concisely articulate the complex fluid dynamics, quantum physics, and material properties of lava.

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